Greatest Love Song?

CHICAGO, IL (February 12, 2016) – People have probably sung love songs since the time they first had language to express the longings, desires, sorrows, and joys God has wired us to experience.

We are inspired up on the roof and under the boardwalk to declare there ain’t no mountain high enough, ain’t no valley low enough to keep us from the ones we love. We’d even cross desert sands on our hands and knees.

And we know that if some titanic disaster were to happen as we tried to cross the vast ocean, our hearts would go on and on even if we didn’t. That is, if by some other misfortune, we hadn’t left our hearts in San Francisco, which apparently happens a lot.

Not all of the songs are deep. As the knighted Sir Paul McCartney pointed out, “Some people wanna fill the world with silly love songs,” which leads him to ask, “And what’s wrong with that?”

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Of course, King Solomon’s song is The Song of Songs, telling a story of passionate – really passionate – romance that means much more than one thinks at first blush. Thousands of years later another king would cause women around the world to blush swoon scream. And though wise men told him not to, he coudn’t help falling in love and rushed in, only to find himself in Heartbreak Hotel.

Solomon, in his wisdom, noted that there is nothing new under the sun, so it is no wonder that in our modern day, even though some of the old imagery is outdated  our love songs also repeat the same themes and even the same words. (see below)

But there are new rhythms and new beats coming from new geographies and new people. As with any era, most songs are forgettable – or at least we wish they were. But a lot of our love songs are unforgettable for good reasons. They stir our hearts and souls. They connect us to one another. They stir our hearts and souls. But which is the best? Which one is the greatest of all time, the Muhammad Ali of love songs, floating like a butterfly or stinging like a bee?

Let us know what you think and include a video link if you want on Facebook. Go ahead and make a dedication, if you like, to the one you couldn’t help falling in love with.

I am my beloved’s and my beloved is mine. (6:3)
At last my love has come along. – Etta James
Let him kiss me with the kisses of his mouth—for your love is more delightful than wine. (1:2)
This magic moment/So different and so new/Was like any other/Until I kissed you … Sweeter than wine/Softer than a summer night
Many waters cannot quench love, neither can the floods drown it: if a man would give all the substance of his house for love, it would utterly be contemned. (8:7)
And I’d give up forever to touch you/’Cause I know that you feel me somehow/You’re the closest to heaven that I’ll ever be/And I don’t wanna go home right now
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Stan Friedman is the news and online editor for the Covenant Companion and is grateful for the opportunity to serve in a job that combines his newspaper and pastoral ministry experience. He has been to 15 Bruce Springsteen concerts in four cities and listened to “Thunder Road” an average of at least once a day for 41 years.

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